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Have noticed on a.is that St Faith is over at Hythe, looks to be at the same mooring as ST Helen & St Catherine were before they were sold on?. Anyone know why she is there?.

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Thanks. Someone normally puts a schedule on here for the dockings & refits etc.?

Seem to recall reading on here that St Faith is the ferry that they will retain, but from what I have seen for myself & read, the St Cecilia looks in better condition & is the more reliable of the remaining 2 original saints?

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They would be better keeping both and flogging a W for loading times. Otherwise 4 different size and shape ferries. Bit of a start up company. not a well established one.

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They would be better keeping both and flogging a W for loading times. Otherwise 4 different size and shape ferries. Bit of a start up company. not a well established one.

 

Yes, I've thought this, it seems the logical way of doing things. Have two large ships (St Clare and St Newbuild) running the hourly sailings, and the smaller Cecilia and Faith on the half-hour sailings. Either transfer the Wight Sun back to Yarmouth or if they are certain there is no need for three on that service any more then sell one of the W's, as their market value at seven years old must still be reasonably high. Use the money towards a proper "life extension" refurb of Cecilia/Faith, as was done with the C-class in the early 1990s to give them another 10 or 15 years of good service. This way you'd have two pairs of closely-matched ships at Portsmouth and still get to retain a pair of capable poor-weather boats which would be better in these conditions than St Clare, and presumably the equally-tall new-build.

 

Seems the most logical option to me. Sadly Wightlink are, sometimes, depressingly illogical. Instead I can see the service being reduced in frequency with, ultimately, just the St Clare and the new-build. That would be a big shame, and losing the half-hourly boat would remove what is probably my main reason to use Wightlink over Red Funnel...

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They would be better keeping both and flogging a W for loading times. Otherwise 4 different size and shape ferries. Bit of a start up company. not a well established one.

 

Yes, I've thought this, it seems the logical way of doing things. Have two large ships (St Clare and St Newbuild) running the hourly sailings, and the smaller Cecilia and Faith on the half-hour sailings. Either transfer the Wight Sun back to Yarmouth or if they are certain there is no need for three on that service any more then sell one of the W's, as their market value at seven years old must still be reasonably high. Use the money towards a proper "life extension" refurb of Cecilia/Faith, as was done with the C-class in the early 1990s to give them another 10 or 15 years of good service. This way you'd have two pairs of closely-matched ships at Portsmouth and still get to retain a pair of capable poor-weather boats which would be better in these conditions than St Clare, and presumably the equally-tall new-build.

 

Seems the most logical option to me. Sadly Wightlink are, sometimes, depressingly illogical. Instead I can see the service being reduced in frequency with, ultimately, just the St Clare and the new-build. That would be a big shame, and losing the half-hourly boat would remove what is probably my main reason to use Wightlink over Red Funnel...

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